This recreation area is part of Ouachita Lake
Camping in the state park of lake ouachita in a tent. never. been. better. was on site T04 for tents and basically sites t01-t11(maybe 12) are on a small peninsula with the lake on both sides. you can go swimming in the lake right off the back of your campsite. they have charcoal grills at each site as well as a fire pit that has a grill over itnfor cooking things over the fire. there is a concrete pad with a picnic table as well as a separate pad on compacted dirt for your tent and then plenty of space in your campsite for other things. you can’t beat the views. the bathrooms are the cleanest an moat upsated Ive seen in a camp ground (and I’ve worked in one) and the showers are great. never felt afraid of wild animals roaming the sites while walking to the bathroom in the dark or anything. the staff in the office is friendly. they offer boat rentals for cheap as well as expeditions to partake in. theres also camper and rv sites and cabIns available, a marina to bring your boat, and fun activities for kids! theres a few different trails to hike around the campground. we went on a moderate 4 mile hike and walked to the trailhead from the campsIte. a great hike with awesome views of the lake and you dont have to drive to the trailhead! couldn’t recommend this place enough!
A short drive from Hot Springs you will find this park with amazing views.
The best tent sites that are not close to the water are 82, 83 or 84; however, we recommend the ones closest to the water.
The park has a marina where you can rent boats, kayaks and paddleboats.
Our site had a fire ring, a few trees for our hammock and the bathrooms were very clean.
We travel with our dog Lulu and she enjoyed the trails and the water too!
Headed back to Lake Ouachita State Park for the second time, even more beautiful than we remembered! We were able to score the exact site as last time, but site #T9 was fantastic. The lake was high, so the fire pit was fairly close to the water. Two perfect hammock trees were inches away from the crystal clear lake. Perfect for getting in and out of the kayak.
This park is on a little peninsula that juts out into Lake Ouachita, the largest lake system in AR. It’s near the edge of the giant National Forest and close to Hot Springs National Park. The lake is beautiful with very ragged edges and islands so there is a lot to explore by boat, plus two or three hiking trails that take you to a lovely overlook. There are a few different areas to camp, some are very close to the water and some are a little further.
Yay: ranger programs, educational displays, swimming beach, cabins and traditional tent/RV camping. You can rent boats onsite and you will want to! Clean and renovated facilities, nice and simple.
Nay: campsites are not very private, make sure you have a boat!
Surprise: Exceptionally lovely views, good wildlife, amazing sunsets.
Nothing but great things to say about Lake Ouachita State Park. We were headed that direction to visit Hot Springs National Park, but chose to stay nearby at Lake Ouachita. It was phenomenal! The views were breathtaking, the bathrooms were pristine, the trails were glorious! We decided on a walk-up campsite and did not regret that decision at all. We brought our pup with us and she had a blast too! Next time, we'll be sure to bring kayaks or paddle boards and take off right from our campsite. We will for sure be back!
We used this State Park as our base camp for visits to Hot Springs National Park and Garvan Woodland Gardens
We stayed in the walk-in section of the park. It was not a far walk from the parking lot and easy to transport gear. There was also a bathroom with-in close walking distance.
The campsites themselves had a tent pad, a table, and fire ring. There were two communal water spouts along the path that were shared by the 12 sites.
The sites aren't too close to each other, which allows you to have some privacy.
Each site can have a maximum of 8 people on each one.
The walk-in sites are on a peninsula, which makes for great views, but the wind can be an issue.
The Park itself also has a play ground, a marina, a beach, a spring, cabins, and geocaching.